The SEC is a college football powerhouse and there are a number of exciting conference games on the slate this week.
With half of its teams ranked (seven Southeastern Conference teams are in the AP Top 25 poll and three are in the top five), it seems that every time two conference foes collide there are implications ranging from poll votes to potential BCS bowl bids.
Let’s take a look and preview some of the marquee SEC matchups in Week 7.
No. 1 Alabama at Missouri
After taking a week off, the Crimson Tide are healthy and refreshed—hopefully ready to continue their reign atop the CFB landscape.
Head coach Nick Saban is trying to lead ‘Bama to back-to-back national championships, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at the school since 1978-79 with Bear Bryant running the show.
If Saban’s going to solidify his name in the discussion as one of the all-time great coaches, a third BCS championship with the Tide will be a huge boon. It will have to get past a feisty Ole Miss team first, but this should be an easy victory for Alabama.
No. 3 South Carolina at No. 9 LSU
Head man Steve Spurrier has guided South Carolina to its highest ranking since 1984, but will have to have his team fight like hell to keep it.
The ‘Cocks have an extremely brutal matchup against the LSU Tigers in Week 7, just a week after knocking off Georgia to skyrocket up the polls.
Expect a low scoring, dragged out dogfight between these two rivals.
No. 4 Florida at Vanderbilt
Which team will win?
The Gators won a critical contest against LSU in Week 6 and now are contenders to win the SEC East, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 2009 when Tim Tebow was the signal-caller in Gainesville.
While it has impending matchups against ranked South Carolina and Georgia in Weeks 8 and 9, Florida simply cannot afford to overlook this feisty Vandy squad.
The Commodores were able to beat Missouri this past Saturday and are looking to ride that momentum to an upset win at home against UF.
While it’s a long shot, anything could happen—especially in an SEC game.